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  Firefighter Code of Ethics   

"As a firefighter and member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, my fundamental duty is to serve humanity; to safeguard and preserve life and property against the elements of fire and disaster; and maintain a proficiency in the art and science of fire engineering.

I will uphold the standards of my profession, continually search for new and improved methods and share my knowledge and skills with my contemporaries and descendants.

I will never allow personal feelings, nor danger to self, deter me from my responsibilities as a firefighter.

I will at all times, respect the property and rights of all men and women, the laws of my community and my country, and the chosen way of life of my fellow citizens.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the fire service. I will constantly strive to achieve the objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession--saving of life, fire prevention and fire suppression.

As a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, I accept this self-imposed and self-enforced obligation as my responsibility."



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Fact Finding


The Fact Finding report from Michael C. Ryan established several facts regarding the on-going Contract Negotiations. Unfortunately, a recent report released in the Media reported only some of the comments regarding COLA raises, Overtime and the use of Earned Time.

Please take a minute to review the actual comments quoted from the report. Also a link below will take you to the full report so you can read all of the Fact Finder’s recommendations.

·      “In the seacoast area, the City ranks nearly at the

            bottom for both starting and maximum pay for Firefighter

            Basic EMTs and EMT-Is, exceeding only the much smaller

            communities of Somersworth and Rye.” Pg 9


·      “In the Portsmouth area in 2012, the average

            firefighter salary trailed the average private- and public

            sector wage by 21.3%. On average, experienced Portsmouth area

            fire officers trail experienced Portsmouth-area police

            superior officers by a whopping 27.5%.” 20.6% as amended. Pg 9


·      “Similarly, although the City asserts Portsmouth

           firefighters’ wages exceed those in other towns because of

           Portsmouth’s incentive payments, the City’s data is



·      “The City’s assertion that Portsmouth firefighters’

            compensation has kept pace with other towns because of

            overtime earnings is absurd.” Pg 9


·      “It is disingenuous for the City to use W2 figures to

            illustrate the cost to the City of firefighters’ earnings.

            Much of the overtime resulted from the Unions’ success in

            obtaining state and federal funding for 40 hours of

            training per course in advanced skills. Most members took

            advantage of that opportunity, and the City was reimbursed

            for those overtime costs.” Pg 10-11

Download: RyanFactfinding2013.pdf
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